This AMS (American Montessori Society) original video features Montessori teachers explaining the environment, materials, and structure of a Montessori elementary classroom.
Lower Elementary (6-9 yrs.)
Extended day and Full day programs available.
Ages: 6 years-9 years
The Elementary Montessori program is based on the concept of "connecting" different areas of study. The child is not merely introduced to isolated facts. Instead, the curriculum is interdisciplinary, integrated, and converged, meeting the child's interests. Montessori materials offer open-ended exploration and avenues for self-expression, allowing children the ability to progress based on their skills.
The mixed age classroom provides the child with a non-competitive environment, in which they are able to be challenged and develop a great deal of self-confidence. The environment provides them with opportunities to collaborate with others of different abilities and ages. Children work individually and in groups, promoting effective time management and opportunities for critical thinking. In group learning, children are encouraged to contribute ideas, listen to others, and learn to compromise.
This is a time for perfecting and extending the skills already begun, while continuing to build on these academic concepts. Writing is integrated into the curriculum, across the disciplines, encouraging the child to express his/her thoughts. During the elementary years children continue to develop their social skills and acquire the ability to truly grasp abstract intellectual concepts.
The child begins developing a greater meaning and appreciation of the order of the universe through new discoveries in history, geography, biology, and the Montessori Five Great Lessons. Children are naturally curious at this age about their universe and how they fit into the "Big picture". Through the curriculum, they are invited to explore humankind and themselves, the relationship between them, and their role in the world.
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"It is necessary, then, to give the child the possibility of developing according to the laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than we dared hope for him."